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Storms slaps down talk -- or float -- that she'll leave Senate to run for Hillsborough Commission again



Four years ago, the rumor was that Ronda Storms would step down from the Florida Senate because she was expecting a child, a float that angered the Valrico Republican because of its sexist premise. Would an expecting father get asked the same thing?

Recent weeks have brought whispers that Storms will halt her re-election bid and attempt to return to the Hillsborough County Commission -- where she cut her political teeth -- or run for the county's Clerk of the Circuit Court. The crux of the narrative is that both jobs pay much better than the Senate gig. Times are tough, after all.

We caught up with Storms in Tallahassee by text and the following excerpted exchange took place:

Buzz: "Are you running for county commission?"

Storms: "No. Are you?" 

Storms: (a minute later, unsolicited) "And BTW, I'm not pregnant, so I'm not quitting either."

Buzz: (next day) "In case I asked the wrong question, are you going to run for either county commission or clerk of court? Are you considering either?"

Storms: "Why does anyone think I am not running for Senate? I have my (petition signature) cards collected and would turn them in but I am here..."

Storms: (five minutes later, with chatter in between)..."nahhh."

For the record, if Storms were to run for the County Commission, she would have to run for a different seat than the District 4 office she held before, representing much of eastern Hillsborough County. During the county's recent redistricting, commissioners moved the boundaries in a way that shifted Storms' house and surrounding neighborhoods into District 2. That's the seat that covers most of northern Hillsborough and is currently represented by former state Sen. Victor Crist, a Republican. She could also run at-large against Democrat Kevin Beckner.



[Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 6:31pm]


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